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Sebelius asks for investigation of health-care website

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 11, 2013 at 8:19 a.m.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the implementation failures of the Affordable Care Act.

WASHINGTON — Recognizing that deeper problems may lurk behind the botched rollout of the health-care website, President Barack Obama's top health official Wednesday called for an investigation into management and contracting decisions.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a blog post early Wednesday that she is asking the department's inspector general to investigate the contracting process, management, performance and payment issues that may have contributed to the flawed launch of HealthCare.gov.

The website was supposed to have been the online portal to coverage under the new health-care law, but technical problems turned it into a frustrating bottleneck for millions of consumers. It's working better now after two months of repairs.

The announcement comes as Sebelius heads to Capitol Hill for another round of grilling Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Lawmakers want explanations for dozens of questions about the website's design, workability and security. They also want to know why Sebelius and other top officials repeatedly assured them everything was on track.

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lazybar says... December 11, 2013 at 9:01 a.m.

so she wants to invest more taxpayer money on a fubared project

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Packman says... December 11, 2013 at 10:16 a.m.

WTF, Sebelius now wants to investigate herself? Wasn't she in charge of managing the contracting process, performance, and payment all along. This is unbelievable, yet, what else can she do other than admit she and BH Obama were in way over their heads and had no business attempting to takeover 1/6th of the US economy using a public sector template.
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If the government is this good at rolling out a website they had several years to perfect, just think how good they will be administering that single-payer health care system so desired by BH Obama and his fellow socialist liberal demorats.
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Here's a glimpse into the future under socialized liberal demorat medicine: "Hello, emergency room, I was just bitten by a venomous snake. What should I do?" Emergency room operator who just happened to be taking driver's license pictures at the DMV the week before replies: "Please hold". After holding for 30 minutes the operator returns. "The closest medical facility with up-to-date anti-venom is 337 miles away. No ambulances are available and you will have to drive yourself to the ER. Good luck. Or, instead of driving 5 hours to the nearest ER with anti-venom, you can simply bend over and kiss your arse goodbye. Have a nice day."

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FreeSpiritMan says... December 11, 2013 at 10:49 a.m.

packman says "Here's a glimpse into the future under socialized liberal demorat medicine: "Hello, emergency room, I was just bitten by a venomous snake. What should I do?"
Then he goes on to blather.........
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I say " Here's a glimpse into the future under the old or conservative way of medicine: "Hello, emergency room, I was just bitten by a venomous snake. What should I do?"
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Give us your credit or debit card to scan before we can treat you.

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Packman says... December 11, 2013 at 11:05 a.m.

Hey FSM - The scenario I described was a real-life deal a couple of summers ago. My snake bitten friend (it was a copperhead, BYW) was told an ambulance would be dispatched within minutes or if he could find transportation to come to the nearest ER immediately, which was about 15 minutes away. His neighbor drove him to the ER and he was IMMEDIATELY taken to a treatment room and received IMMEDIATE medical attention and only left his driver's license at the ER check in. He is alive today because America has the best health care system in the world. Just the facts, FSM, just the facts.

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Molly44 says... December 11, 2013 at 11:31 a.m.

Contrary to the triumphalism of many around the country, Packman included, last I heard (and first I can find in a Google search) is that the U.S.'s health care system is ranked #37. Study upon study of different measures of the U.S. healthcare system show we are not #1. Don't let your nationalism and anecdotal snake tell you otherwise.

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HalALouyah says... December 11, 2013 at 12:12 p.m.

Well dang po I guess Ricky Bobby was right "if you ain't first you're last!" Heck if our fat butt country would step away from the buffets and fast food our health care would work a whole lot better. I guess Molly needs to see the studies that show how much longer it takes in all of the socialized health care countries to be treated for major medical issues than it does in the US.

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FreeSpiritMan says... December 11, 2013 at 12:42 p.m.

packman .....If what you said is true why is our life span shorter than most of the countries with universal healthcare. Also why is our infant mortality greater than
173 United States 5.98
174 Faroe Islands 5.94
175 Guam 5.72
176 Northern Mariana Islands 5.69
177 New Caledonia 5.62
178 Hungary 5.24
179 Taiwan 5.1
180 Greece 4.92
181 French Polynesia 4.88
182 Canada 4.85
183 Cuba 4.83
184 New Zealand 4.72
185 San Marino 4.65
186 Wallis and Futuna 4.61
187 Portugal 4.6
188 United Kingdom 4.56
189 Australia 4.55
190 Liechtenstein 4.39
191 Luxembourg 4.39
192 Belgium 4.28
193 Isle of Man 4.27
194 Austria 4.26
195 Denmark 4.19
196 Slovenia 4.12
197 Korea, South 4.08
198 Israel 4.07
199 Switzerland 4.03
200 Jersey 3.94
201 Ireland 3.81
202 Andorra 3.76
203 Netherlands 3.73
204 Czech Republic 3.7
205 Malta 3.65
206 Guernsey 3.52
207 Germany 3.51
208 Norway 3.5
209 Anguilla 3.44
210 Finland 3.4
211 France 3.37
212 Spain 3.37
213 Italy 3.36
214 Iceland 3.18
215 Macau 3.17
216 Hong Kong 2.9
217 Sweden 2.74
218 Singapore 2.65
219 Bermuda 2.47
220 Japan 2.21
221 Monaco 1.8
Eagerly awaiting your answer.
pobunker ..... you would not understand if someone told you how the countries are ranked on health care.

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lazybar says... December 11, 2013 at 12:48 p.m.

fsm,what wrong with getting paid for a service you provide?polls are showing the same ones who made the choice not to buy insurance before obozo crammed this crap down our throats still are not going to have insurance.the future is the lower class will still not have quality healthcare and the old middle class who are now the new upperlower class will not be able to afford quality heathcare.

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